In two weeks – Monday January 16, 2017 – begins another AAFCO meeting. Here is some information of what will be discussed, your input is welcome.
The next AAFCO meeting will be held in Mobile, Alabama beginning on January 16. AAFCO has added a new event to this particular meeting which should be very interesting, a mock pet food recall. The mock recall – officially known as “Feed Emergency Response Tabletop Exercise” – will be a “comprehensive scenario that will highlight nuances encountered when a pet food complaint(s) is received. The scenario includes the complaint investigation, identification of affected product, inspection, and implementation of a recall. The scenario will encompass the role of regulatory agencies, laboratory and diagnostics, as well as industry action and response.” There was a $100 extra fee to attend this event – but I am attending because I feel it will be important for consumers to know exactly what should happen (by regulatory and industry) when a recall occurs. Knowing the proper procedure of a recall – what should happen – will be significant for consumers when that procedure is not followed (by either regulatory or industry). This will be good information for us to have. All details will be provided after the meeting.
Some of the things that will be voted on (only regulatory authorities – AAFCO officials and FDA – are allowed to vote)…
Definition of “Animal Food: see feed”.
Definition of “Feed: Material consumed or intended to be consumed by animals other than humans that contributes nutrition, taste, aroma, or has a technical effect on the consumed material. This includes raw materials, ingredients, and finished product.”
The Pet Food Committee meets on Tuesday, you can read the agenda by clicking here. Of significance to consumers will be the 8 year continued discussion of carbohydrate information on pet food labels…perhaps this will be our year (but don’t hold your breath). Discussion will also include the work that has been done by the Pet Food Label Modernization working group. I am on this working group but have been forbidden by AAFCO to share any information with consumers of our work thus far. Any discussion at this meeting on our work – I WILL be able to share with you. Updates will be provided after the meeting.
The Ingredient Definitions Committee meets also on Tuesday, you can read the agenda by clicking here. There are several ingredients up for discussion which I know little about (Zinc Hydroxychloride and Metal polysaccharide complex) – will be doing some ‘homework’ prior to the meeting.
Consumers can read the full AAFCO meeting agenda by clicking here; any feedback you have – please post in comments or send me an email. Remember – I am there at these meetings representing all of us, your input is welcomed.
And on the above linked agenda is the call in information for consumers that wish to listen to the meetings (no charge to listen in).
Personal rant: This meeting will begin my 7th year of attending AAFCO meetings. I actually dread going to AAFCO meetings – the evil and greed is palatable. No kidding – you can feel it all around you, it is creepy. The glares, the phony politeness, the Industry and regulatory authority buddy buddy system. The ‘system’ is just sickening – little to nothing is fair (it most always benefits Big Pet Food). I shudder to think of what it would be if we were not there demanding to be heard.
The good part is getting to be face to face with some of the good people in pet food (not sure who all is attending yet – will let everyone know with reports from the meetings). And we get free AAFCO pens…silver lining to the dark cloud.
Wish us luck!
And for Facebook followers of Truth about Pet Food – if we have time, we might try to do a Facebook live from the AAFCO meeting (I’ve never done this – warning…it might be a disaster). Wonder if we could get someone from FDA or AAFCO to join us for questions from consumers? I’ll ask (but don’t hold your breath).
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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